The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.) announced next year’s dates for the 18th annual Jefferson St. Jazz and Blues Festival (JJBF) at the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) launch event and press conference for the Music City Circuit route expansion. JJBF will be held June 15-16, 2018 at the Bicentennial Mall.
“It was an honor to be a part of the MTA launch event,” said Sharon Hurt, president/CEO of J.U.M.P. “There used to be a trolley that ran right down the middle of Jefferson Street. Having this new route will support commerce and provide transportation, while solving a community need. This corridor was once a bloodline to the heart of our city and now with the expansion of the Music City Circuit, the community of North Nashville will have the opportunity to once again feel connected to their Music City.”
During Hurt’s remarks, she acknowledged Leonard Morton, Sr. as the grand marshal for next year’s Festival and will bestow the honor, along with a Jeffersonian Award, to him at the organization’s Annual Luncheon, held on December 7, 2017. His son, Leonard Morton, Jr., along with The Total Eclipse Band, performed before and after the press conference.
The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partner-ship (J.U.M.P) is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to develop, foster and promote cooperative economic development through revitalization, acquisition, education and public safety programs in North Nashville.”
Today more than 200 individuals and organizations make up JUMP’s active membership (physicians, lawyers, dentists, master barbers, musicians, ministers, writers, hair stylists, retailers and restaurateurs) with one thing in common, keeping Jefferson Street alive and thriving.
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